Low bone mass (osteopenia) and osteoporosis (weak, thinning bones) are a major public health threat. Osteopenia affects an estimated 34 million US women and men aged 50 and older, while osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans.
Keep Bones Strong with Early Detection
Osteoporosis is not part of normal aging although many people continue to believe this is true. Low bone mass (osteopenia) and osteoporosis are a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million US women and men aged 50 and older. Austin Regional Clinic encourages early detection of low bone mass for men andwomen. We offer full-body bone densitometry exams at our Far West and South 1st locations.
If you or someone you know is at risk of developing osteoporosis, a bone density screening is recommended to detect bone loss. Always check with your doctor first.
Are you at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Here are the risk factors for osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
- Thin or small frame
- Increased age
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Post-menopause, including early or surgically induced menopause
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Past history of eating disorders anorexia nervosa or bulimia
- A lifelong diet low in calcium and vitamin D
- Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids and some anticonvulsants
- Low testosterone levels (in men)
- An inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol and caffeine
- Being Caucasian or Asian